IPM is a huge draw

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One of the largest ex­hi­bi­tions in the con­ti­nent re­turns to the dis­trict this year.

The 2015 Stor­mont Dun­das and Glen­garry In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match and Ru­ral Expo (IPM) will be held near Finch Septem­ber 22 to 26.

The 2011 IPM was hosted by Prescott-Rus­sell in Chute-àBlon­deau, east of Hawkes­bury, at­tracdt­ing 72,000 visi­tors.

Over 1,200 vol­un­teers helped to stage that event.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Finch ex­hi­bi­tion re­cently signed the host agree­ment with the On­tario Plow­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion (OPA).

IPM Chair­man Jim Brownell re­minded vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity lead­ers who at­tended the event, that while the pa­per work is now in place, many vol­un­teer hours and com­mit­ment to the event re­ally be­gan in early 2012. “When I was asked to be chair of the IPM com­mit­tee in March 2012, shortly af­ter the bid was ac­cepted by the On­tario Plow­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, I can tell you there was al­ready a ded­i­cated group in place ready to make this IPM the best one yet,” he said af­ter the sign­ing was com­plete.

Cathy Lasby, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the On­tario Plow­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion con­grat­u­lated the vol­un­teers on the or­ga­ni­za­tion and hard work that has al­ready been done. “When you come into this county you can feel the buzz,” she said. “You can feel it al­ready. And it spreads very quickly.”

Also un­veiled to hails of en­thu­si­asm were mock-ups of two bill­board sized signs soon to be in­stalled on High­way 43 west of Finch and at the IPM site on Con­ces­sion Road 2-3 and High­way 12.

The IPM is the largest show of its kind in North Amer­ica. Stud­ies show eco­nomic im­pacts as high as $20 mil­lion are gen­er­ated from tourists and event oper­a­tions. Over 60 per cent of visi­tors travel more than 40 kilo­me­tres to at­tend the event.

The IPM sou­venir store in Finch is staffed by vol­un­teers. Avail­able now for the first time are ad­vance, adult tick­ets to the 2015 SDG IPM for $15. “This is a sav­ings of $2 and will be of in­ter­est to those who want the con­ve­nience of pur­chas­ing pre­match,” says Kathy McIntyre, co-chair of the sou­venir com­mit­tee. “We think they’d be great for birthdays, Mother’s Day or that of­ten dif­fi­cult Fa­ther’s Day gift.” Gift cer­tifi­cates are also avail­able.

The 2015 SDG IPM store is well stocked with great IPM ap­parel, ac­tive wear, work­out ac­ces­sories, jew­elry, and the very pop­u­lar carved walk­ing sticks. “And there is still a good sup­ply of the 2015 SDG IPM Cook­books which show­case some of the finest cooks in the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry,” she adds. The cook­book and sou­venir sales are an im­por­tant source of rev­enue for the 2015 SDG IPM. The store is Io­cated at the 2015 SDG IPM head­quar­ters, 9A John Street, Finch, across the street from the North Stor­mont Arena. To visit the store by ap­point­ment, call Ellen MacNaughton at 613-984-2520.

MUL­TI­PLE AT­TRAC­TIONS: The IPM of­fers peo­ple a chance to demon­strate their skills with a plow, but the con­test is just one of the many at­trac­tions. Make sure to check out the an­tiques.

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